It’s been a few years...I’ve done fill-ins here and there, the ocassional reunion of a band that played in back in the day, but it’s been a few years since I’ve been involved in an original band with intentions of playing out...and it’s looking good! A friend who performs at practically every local punk rock show dropped my name to a couple of his friends, a guitar player and a drummer, who were putting a project together. They reached out, we met up for a tentative jam, and it clicked like we were old friends/bandmates! It turns out that they’re former members of a fairly influential hardcore band that I loved circa ~2000, so I was pretty psyched for the opportunity, and the fact that it was tight and nasty was the icing on the cake. It’s been tough...I’m in my mid 30’s, I own a house and have a career, so that puts me out of the market for a lot of original bands that are looking to “make it,” but I’m also not too into the cover/tribute band thing (no judgment unto those that are). I grew up playing original music, toured for a few years, then got back together with a band I grew up with. Things were great, and our drummer, a lifelong, dear friend, overdosed and died, which really put me in a hole. I got pretty down. Don’t get me wrong, life has been good, but the lack of music creation, and the memories of my old friend was a serious bummer. But things are looking up! These dudes are in my “age and responsibility” bracket, are looking to play the same music that I am, and are in it just to have fun, write some fast and heavy tunes, and play some shows here and there. I’m psyched! For the first rehearsal, I brought out my ‘62 AVRI jazz through a DG B7K into my old school SWR Workingman’s 15 combo...gonna be moving my SWR 6x10/SVT IIPro in this weekend, though... Just wanted to share my excitement, carry on!